Barring Members of Congress from Israel-Palestine

by Mitchell Plitnick In a sudden reversal, the Israeli government decided on Thursday to bar two members of Congress—Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN)—from entering Israel. This means that they also cannot enter the West Bank, which was… Continue Reading  

U.S. Foreign Policy: This Is Us

by Mitchell Plitnick Last weekend a pair of horrifying massacres in the U.S. cities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio sent shock waves through the country. The outrage was so powerful that even President Donald Trump had to overcome… Continue Reading  

The Tangled Mess in the Persian Gulf Echoes 1914

by Mitchell Plitnick The current situation in the Persian Gulf is all too similar to Europe in 1914, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). In “Averting the Middle East’s 1914 Moment,” the ICG makes the… Continue Reading  

Graham and Neocons Push for a U.S.-Israeli Defense Treaty

by Mitchell Plitnick The staunchly militaristic Jewish Institute for the National Security of America (JINSA) has proposed a mutual defense pact between the United States and Israel. JINSA frequently publishes papers and analyses around strategies that it would like to… Continue Reading  

Congress Opposes Non-Violent Support for Palestinian Rights

by Mitchell Plitnick This has not been a good week for Democrats, especially those who wish to cast their party as the progressive alternative to the Trump-McConnell regime. As the feckless party leadership continued to avoid taking any action against… Continue Reading